Preschool teachers spend a lot of time planning their lessons and writing preschool lesson plans. This simple guide explains how to come up with good preschool lesson plans and also gives teachers tips on using their work from previous years to increase their planning efficiency in the later years.
1. Begin with the bigger picture.
Before you start detailing your individual preschool lessons, create an overview for the week. The overview should list the daily schedule and the activities planned for each segment for every day of the week. Weekly overviews will help you plan your activities around a single theme and document broad changes in schedules where necessary.
2. Use a lesson plan template.
Develop a preschool lesson plan template based on your teaching style. The template need not be original, as it is a broad framework that you use to structure individual lesson plans. Preschool lesson plan templates commonly have sections for the title, the learning objectives, the materials needed for the lesson and the procedure. It is also a good idea to include a section for evaluation measures and lesson extension. Lesson plan templates keep you from forgetting important details and prevent you from getting distracted by the minor ones.
3. Put careful thought into each section as you fill it.
A well-thought out lesson plan makes it easy to carry out lessons smoothly and to focus on student learning and enjoyment. Pay special attention to detailing the learning objectives and remember that a single preschool lesson can have multiple learning objectives in more than one subject. Both implementation and evaluation of the lesson can be enhanced by the clarity of the learning objectives. Also focus on sections like evaluation measures and teacher intervention as it is difficult to make thoughtful decisions about these in the middle of lesson implementation.
4. Include various forms of learning for a single topic.
Kids in preschool need various forms of stimulation for healthy and wholesome development. When thinking of ways to teach a particular concept, consider the various forms in which kids can engage with the topic. Whether involved in physical activity, working on art projects or engaging in role-playing games, kids are constantly taking in information. Look for books related to your topic, find songs that go with your theme and think of art projects that allow kids to explore their understanding of the lesson. Also make sure to include opportunities for gross motor skill development through relevant preschool activities and games.
5. Allow your students’ interests to guide your planning.
As you spend time with your students, you may notice that certain types of lessons interest them more than others. You may also hear from them what topics they’d like to know more about. Use your understanding of your students’ interests when planning future preschool lessons.
6. Record your own comments and suggestions for the future.
Do not expect each lesson to work wonderfully with your students. Mistakes are a natural part of every teacher’s learning experience. In order to improve as a teacher, it is important to use your experiences to form new ideas about lesson implementation. Include space in every preschool lesson plan to record your experiences with the class. Make note of the things that worked and the things that didn’t. If you have any ideas about how to improve the lesson, include those as well. Use these notes the next year to ensure that you never repeat the same mistake twice.
7. Store relevant resources along with the lesson plan.
You very likely spend a lot of time and effort creating relevant resources for each preschool lesson plan. Ensure you do not have to repeat the same process every year by storing all your material for each lesson along with the lesson plan. This includes relevant hand-outs, homework assignments and any other paper work that you use for the lesson.
Use these seven simple tips to help yourself write great preschool lesson plans and to make the task easier with every passing year.